Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.
Sen. Al Franken demands answers from Uber on privacy, ‘God View’ tool. "In a letter sent Wednesday to Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick," the Wall Street Journal reports, "Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) called on the company to explain what policies it has in place around tracking the personal data of users on the ride-sharing service."
Netflix still dominates streaming, but Amazon is picking up steam. Re/code reports: "Sandvine says Amazon, which accounted for 1.61 percent of broadband usage on “fixed line” accounts a year ago, is now up to 2.58 percent."
NSA phone data collection could go on, even if a law expires. "A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely," according to the New York Times, "even if Congress allows the law on which it is based to expire next year."
Ted Cruz backs Internet tax ban that would cost Texas $358 million a year. National Journal reports: "Compounding matters is Texas's lack of an income tax, meaning the state relies more heavily on its 6.25 percent sales tax. Other than South Dakota, Texas is the only state among those slated to lose their Internet-access tax revenue that doesn't have some form of income tax."
Silicon Valley’s champion just lost a key leadership race in the House. "Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) won't be the top Democrat on a key House committee in the new Congress," I report. "And that's bad news for Silicon Valley."